NEWS IN BRIEF
INDO-SINGAPORE NAVAL EXERCISE SIMBEX-17
the Bilateral Naval Exercise between Navies of the republic of Singapore and India, SIMBEX-17, was held in the South China Sea. Indian Navy was represented by lNS Shivalik, Sahyadri, Jyoti and Kamorta and one P8-I maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare aircraft. Singapore Navy was represented by rSN Ships Supreme, Formidable and Victory and Maritime Patrol Aircraft Fokker F50 in addition to the rSAF F-16 aircraft. Bilateral cooperation between Singapore and India was first formalised when rSN ships began training with the Indian Navy in 1994.
INDIA AND ISRAEL’S BARAK-8 SAM DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has been awarded an additional contract by the Indian government to supply air and defense missile systems for four ships of the Indian Navy. Valued at an estimated $630 million, the agreement will include local state-owned firm Bharat Electronics Ltd, who will serve as the main contractor on the project under ‘Make in India’ initiative. the deal follows a $2 billion one signed with IAI last month to supply India’s army and navy with missile defense systems.
INDIA AND FIJI SIGN MOU ON DEFENCE COOPERATION
the Minister of defence and National Security of Fiji, ratu Inoke Kubuabola accompanied by his delegation met the Minister of defence, Finance and Corporate Affairs, Arun Jaitley in New delhi on May 29. the Ministers discussed expanded defence partnership in maritime security between both the countries, and naval cooperation was identified as an area of promise. An MoU on defence cooperation envisaging several areas of cooperation including in defence industry, military training and humanitarian assistance and disaster management was signed.
US NAVAL TRAINING PACKAGE FOR SAUDI ARABIA
the State department has made a determination approving a possible FMS to Saudi Arabia for a Navy blanket order training programme. the estimated cost is $250 million. the dSC Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on May 22, 2017. the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has requested the continuation of a naval blanket order training programme inside and outside of Saudi Arabia that includes, but is not limited to English Language training, professional military education, technical training, publications and technical documentation, uS Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistical and programme support.
RUSSIA TO FOCUS ON FRIGATES AND CORVETTES IN THE FUTURE
the new russian armaments programme calls for a gradual reduction in modernisation of old armaments and prioritises the construction of new warships for the Navy, russian deputy Prime Minister dmitry rogozin told russia 1 tV channel. A source in the military-defense complex earlier told tASS that in the coming years russia will be building frigates and corvettes armed with high-precision guided missiles. “We have to first and foremost build corvettes and frigates and stop thinking about universal landing ships which fulfil mostly transportation rather than combat tasks. Corvettes and frigates are the maximum we can afford at present. the economic potential of the country does not allow building bigger ships such as destroyers,” he said.
SEA KING HELICOPTERS FORMALLY HANDED OVER TO PAKISTAN NAVY
Sea King helicopters purchased from the uK were formally handed over to Pakistan Navy on May 24, 2017, in a ceremony attended by Pakistan High Commissioner to the uK. Contract for purchase of seven helicopters was signed last year. A separate contract was signed with Vector Aerospace for maintenance of the aircraft before being shipped to Pakistan later this year.
Pakistan High Commissioner thanked the representatives of the uK Mod, Leonardo and Vector Aerospace for their support in making this project a success and hoped that the cooperation between the two Armed Forces would continue to grow in future.
WASHINGTON SUBMARINE DELIVERED TO THE US NAVY
the Virginia-class, on May 26. Washington is the fourth of eight Virginia-class Block III submarines and the seventh of the class to be delivered to the Navy by Huntington Ingalls Industries — Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Virginia. Washington began construction in September 2011 and will be commissioned later this year in Norfolk, Virginia.
Washington successfully completed the Board of Inspection and Survey (INSurV) trials earlier this month receiving a score of 96 out of 100, the highest score to date on any new construction Virginia-class submarine. Block III submarines feature a redesigned bow, which replaces 12 individual launch tubes with two large-diameter Virginia Payload tubes, each capable of launching six tomahawk cruise missiles.
US TRANSFERS HIGH ENDURANCE CUTTER TO VIETNAM COAST GUARD
the uS Coast Guard transferred a High Endurance Cutter to the Vietnam Coast Guard during a ceremony in Honolulu recently. the ship, which will be renamed CSB 8020, is expected to improve the Vietnam Coast Guard’s maritime domain awareness, increase its capacity to perform maritime law enforcement operations, and conduct search and rescue and other humanitarian response operations.
Members of the Vietnam coast guard embark CSB-8020 during a transfer of command ceremony at Coast Guard Base Honolulu, May 25, 2017. After nearly 50 years of service in the uS Coast Guard, the former Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau was officially transferred to the Vietnam coast guard under the name CSB-8020.
INDIAN NAVY’S OVERSEAS DEPLOYMENT
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. As part of the Indian Navy’s overseas deployment to the West Coast of Africa and the Mediterranean Sea, three Indian warships, INS Mumbai, INS trishul and INS Aditya, arrived at Jeddah on May 16, 2017, for a three-day visit. the warships engaged extensively with the Saudi Arabian Navy during their stay in the country. India and Saudi Arabia enjoy cordial and friendly relations, reflecting centuries old economic and socio-cultural ties. the 1.8 million–strong Indian community in SaudiArabia is the largest expatriate community in the Kingdom and is the ‘most preferred community’ due to their expertise, sense of discipline, and law abiding nature.
Kuantan, Malasia. INS Shivalik and Jyoti are on an overseas deployment to the South East Asia and Southern Indian ocean. they visited Kuantan from May 14 to 19, 2017. INS Kora, an indigenously built corvette had recently participated in LIMA-17.
Yangon, Myanmar. Indian Navy’s front line guided missile destroyer INS rajput, entered Yangon, Myanmar for an operational turn around (otr) from May 11 to 13, 2017. the otr involved exchange of visits to their training command and Myanmar Navy officers, sailors and cadets visiting the ship. Officers and sailors from INS rajput also visited thanlyin orphanage School and distributed notebooks, stationary and food packets to the students of the orphanage as a good will gesture.
the uS Navy has accepted delivery of Washington (SSN 787), the 14th submarine of